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    china - vatican

    Estimated statistics for the Catholic Church in China (2004)*

    Catholics: 12.000.000

    Dioceses: 138

    Bishops: 120 (average age 74)

                Underground:  46

                Official: 74

    Priests: 2740

                Underground:  1000

                Official: 1740

    Sisters: 5200

                Underground:  1700

                Official: 3500

    Seminarians (2003): 1380

                Underground:  800

                Official: 580

    Novicies (2003): 1600

                Underground:  800

                Official: 800

    * Sources: AsiaNews – Holy Spirit Study Centre, Hong Kong.

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